Organizational Overview:

Global Health Labs, Inc (GH Labs) innovates to reduce health disparities, especially in low-and middle-income countries. As a nonprofit corporation fully funded by Gates Ventures (the private office of Bill Gates), we partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other cross-sector leaders to develop technology solutions that address unmet needs in:

  • Diagnostics.
  • Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health.
  • Primary Healthcare Tools and Equipment.

Recent innovations from GH Labs resulted in several commercially available rapid COVID-19 antigen tests, an AI-enabled smartphone app to detect cervical cancer, and a portable cold chain device that enables vaccine delivery to remote communities, among many other tools and technologies advanced for the people who need them most.

About the Job:

Global Health Labs is seeking an experienced leader to oversee a dynamic Engineering team that pushes the cutting edge of what is possible in cost, ease of use, and performance for technical solutions designed for low resource settings in developing countries. Ideal candidates will have experience leading complex engineering teams with a focus on medical devices and innovation.

Role Summary:

The Director, Engineering will drive GH Labs’ Research and Development function to bring innovation to impact in service of GH Labs’ mission. This role will report to the Senior Director, Engineering and Software. As a member of the Research and Product Development team, they will join a passionate team of engineers and scientists responsible for developing technical solutions in collaboration with colleagues across GH Labs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director, Engineering is a thought leader and visionary for a function/team. They translate strategy to inspire team(s) to work collaboratively and effectively toward clear goals and objectives. They set clear expectations aligned to organization objectives, manage performance, support development, and create an environment for success. They provide feedback and re-prioritization to enable individual potential for the highest organizational impact.


The Director of Engineering will lead a team to develop innovative medical devices that meet product specifications in service of the organization’s mission. They will work in collaboration with product development and management teams to translate technology to a commercial partner.  They will also be responsible for the following:


  • Provides sound engineering judgment to explore multiple innovations and promote promising ones using a systematic approach.
  • Understands individual team members' capabilities, technical and scientific strengths, and project load to ensure resources are allocated most effectively for both individual growth/challenge and mission impact.
  • Understands the organization’s holistic portfolio to best prioritize work and provides collaborative resources to support projects and outcomes across the organization.
  • Actively collaborates with colleagues and peers across a portfolio of projects.
  • Provides thoughtful guidance and direction to highly skilled teams to ensure effective design, execution, and analysis of multi-disciplinary projects, findings, and results.
  • Supports external partner interfaces and regulatory requirements and constraints in co-development or productization.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Biomedical), advanced degree and technical certifications in discipline, preferred
  • 15+ years of progressive experience in leading the research and development of medical devices in both startups and major technology organizations.
  • Experience with medical diagnostic and medical device product development, working in an ISO-regulated environment, highly preferred.
  • 10+ years in a leadership role
  • Demonstrated expertise in technology innovation, translation, and product development
  • A strong understanding and experience designing or adapting technology for Low and Middle Income markets preferred
  • Proven experience in complex stakeholder management environments and matrixed settings. Developing and managing strong partnerships and relationships inside and outside the organization, managing conflicts, and building consensus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Works with efficiency and diplomacy.
  • Track record of successfully managing complex, ideally multi-country, partnerships
  • Passion for social impact

Required Competencies:

GH Labs Success Factors: We believe there are a few prioritized key capabilities and behaviors that are critical to success for all roles at GH Labs. They are:

  • Demonstrates Collaboration: actively listens and works with others openly and transparently to create an environment where diverse viewpoints are valued, and information is shared for the purposes of solving problems and achieving collective goals. Seeks collaborative solutions as the best path to sustainable change.
  • Accelerates Impact: takes risks, proves/disproves concepts quickly and with a growth mindset, solves creatively, and partners strategically to achieve results and deliver impact on GH Labs mission.
  • Promotes Accountability: holds self and others accountable so that success is celebrated, and failure is understood and addressed.
  • Establishes Trust: interacts, shares, and receives information and feedback in a way that builds trust and gains the confidence of others.


Role-Specific Success Factors:

  • Builds Effective Teams: builds strong-identity teams that apply diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Builds Partnerships: works collaboratively in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment, to meet shared objectives.
  • Communicates Effectively: develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences, including an ability to influence across boundaries (levels, roles, cultures).
  • Cultivates Innovation: creates new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Directs Work: provides direction, sets clear expectations, delegates, and removes obstacles to get work done.

Pay & Benefits:

GH Labs is committed to paying employees equitably for substantially similar work. A reasonable estimate of the current salary range for this position is $213,000 to $330,000. We aim to hire new employees between $213,000 to $266,000 allowing future compensation growth within the range based on aptitude in the role and context, and progress and performance against goals over time.


We believe that our employees are the reason for our success. GH Labs proudly supports our employees and their families with a comprehensive fully paid benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, long-term disability insurance, and a generous employer match to 401(k) retirement savings contributions. Employees receive flexible time off, thirteen paid holidays, and generous paid parental and family leave. Our benefits also include several employee wellness programs and mental health resources, and a substantial charitable giving match.


Equal Opportunity Statement:

GH Labs is committed to being an inclusive, equitable and positive workplace, where all employees thrive personally and professionally. 

We believe our workforce should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we work to serve.

We also believe in the research that demonstrates diverse groups – including groups diverse in experience and opinion – are more innovative than homogenous ones.

As such, diversity is a key pillar of our employment practices, and every applicant and employee drawn to serve the mission of GH Labs will be welcomed and will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, gender identity, color, gender expression, age, national origin, religion, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, prior protected activity, disability, and any other basis protected by law.


Export Controls:

This role may include access to technology and/or software source code that is subject to U.S. export control requirements under the ITAR or the EAR.

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